"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2018, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie. In reviewing the information, please keep in mind that some cruise lines are given less scrutiny by the media than others, and it is not uncommon for events to not appear in the media.  This information reflects only that which has made it into the public domain.

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Januarey 10 Grandeur of the Seas WESH News reports the ship has suffered a mechanical breakdown that forced it to stop for repairs at Port Canaveral. Passengers are stuck, motionless, in Port Canaveral. "They didn’t tell us what the problems were. They just said they had a leaking hydraulic hose," Mario Miralles, a passenger on the ship, said. The ship was on its way back from the Bahamas to its home port in Baltimore when a breakdown caused the unscheduled stop. Royal Caribbean did not say what was wrong but said in a statement that, while the ship is safe to operate, in an abundance of safety, it will now make a stop at Port Canaveral. Unplanned stopped - mechnical problems
January 9 Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Law News reports Royal Caribbean is rescheduling the current cruise of the Grandeur of the Seas, in order to begin repairs to the cruise ship for what the cruise line refers to as a "technical issue which limits the operation of one of the two rudders used to steer the ship." Royal Caribbean notified its guests, at the last minute today, who were planning to board the Grandeur on Thursday, January 11, 2018 that the cruise had been rescheduled to Saturday, January 13th. This news was first reported on by the popular Royal Caribbean Blog Itinerary shortened by two days
January 8 NCL Epic News 6 reports two dozen people were arrested on drug possession charges during security checks before boarding the ship for the Holy Ship! 2018 event. Holy Ship denied a comment but on its website states that there is a zero-tolerance policy. Twenty-four people didn't heed that statement Saturday, deputies said. "It ranges from marijuana to cocaine, MDMA or ecstasy. A lot of the drugs are used in a rave scene. A lot of people with paraphernalia," Brevard County Sheriff's Office public information officer Tod Goodyear said.  The port added security this weekend knowing the cruise would set sail Saturday.  Drug bust
January 8 RCL Raw Story reports former Royal Caribbean cruise liner employee is suing the company for mistreatment from supervisors after she was raped by a coworker aboard the Majesty of the Seas in late 2015. According to the Miami New-Times, the woman (who was not named in the lawsuit due to the nature of her attack) was subjected to a brutal assault that lasted nearly an hour around Christmas 2015 that resulted in bite marks and bruises. She then reported her rape to the ship’s captain, security officer and doctor — all of whom reacted negatively. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Jane Doe’s supervisor discouraged her from pressing charges, the ship doctor told her to “get over it” and she was forced back onto the job soon after. Despite reporting the assault to Bahamian police the day after when the boat docked on the island, the woman, who was “traumatized and at her weakest,” followed her boss’ advice and did not press charges. Sexual assault of crew
January 7 Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Law News reports that an excursion boat with cruise passengers aboard sank last week. The cruise excursion incident took place on Wednesday January 3rd, approximately 15 minutes after the boat sailed from Cozumel with ten cruise guests aboard it. The boat's crew instructed the cruise passengers to head to the bow; however, the boat took on water quickly and the guests had to jump into the water. The cruise passengers reportedly were from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and a Celebrity ship (the Celebrity Equinox). The cruise passengers were reportedly rescued from the water by other boats in the area, Local news sources state that none of the cruise passengers were physically injured. Excursion boat sinks
January 5 P&O Arcadia From a passenger: Lifeboat has fallen into the sea at Azores, Ponta Delgaado. Some crew hurt. Cruise Law News reports a lifeboat has broken from its cabling and has fallen from its davits into the sea while the cruise ship was in Ponta Delgada, Azores. A passenger states that "the back appears to have been ripped off and is still hanging from its cradle......" There reportedly were five crew members in the lifeboat at the time of the accident. One crew member's injuries are apparently serious enough for the ship employee to be hospitalized. Lifeboat accident
January 5 Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Radio reports travel professionals were alerted on Thursday that the winter storm would result in the Breakaway’s return to Manhattan being delayed… with the ripple effect impacting the following sailing, too. Due to winter storm Grayson,” reads the notification, “Norwegian Breakaway will have a delayed arrival into New York on Friday, January 5. As a result, Norwegian Breakaway’s 14-day cruise that was originally scheduled to depart on January 5 will now depart on Saturday, January 6 at 3 p.m. Due to the ship’s late arrival on Friday and the ongoing weather situation, embarking guests are encouraged to arrive to the pier on Saturday morning; all guests most be onboard by 1 p.m. on January 6th ... Guests unable to adjust their travel plans,” continued Norwegian’s missive, “are welcome to board on Friday evening between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.” CBS subsequently reported the ship had sailed through the storm, a scene of hell for passengers. Delayed departure
January 3 Sea Princess ABC News reports about 200 people have been struck down with gastro onboard a cruise ship which is set to dock in Brisbane on Thursday. The ship is completing the final leg of a two-week round trip between Brisbane and New Zealand. Queensland Health confirmed on-board testing found norovirus to be the cause of increased gastro cases. Illness outbreak
January 3 Grand Princess From a passenger: Half of the Buffett dining area was closed upon boarding for 10 day cruise because of flooding. Conditions were chaotic .  No advisory was given at registration. Good news though is that unlimited internet is now available on the ship for the first time although not properly publicized. Hopefully the Buffett will be completely operational 1-8 after replacing all of the damaged carpet. Disruption
January 2 Silver Muse (Silverseas) From a passenger: An 80-year old single female traveler from the UK purportedly jumped from her deck evening of Jan 1 / morning Jan 2, 2018. I was on board.  Silversea made no comment to passengers other than a number of Pages for the passenger. Information obtained from other passengers.   Room was taped off and balcony had roping on rail. We disembarked Ft Lauderdale today, Jan 3, 2018. Pax overboard
January 1 Oasis of the Seas From a passenger: Someone was was stabbed with a beer bottle and New Years Eve night. The boat was diverted to Nassau and docked for several hours 8am to about 3pm. I am on the ship now. The crew is very hush-hush but word has gotten around. Assault
January 1 NCL Jewel From a passenger: Male passenger arrested and taken off the ship in handcuffs by ship security and local police in Wellington, New Zealand. Had his luggage with him but no one else. No idea why. Pax arrested
December 31 Freedom
From a passenger: The ship's departure was delayed today because of disinfecting after the previous cruise. Delayed departure - Disinfection
December 30 Triumph
CDC reports the ship received a score of 78 in its Vessel Sanitation Inspection on 11 November. A score of 85 or lower constitutes failure. Failed health inspection (78)
December 27 Splendor
From a passenger: Christmas Cruise - A passenger “arrested” and confined to room for his safety and the safety of others because he started fight in dance club Christmas Eve (after leaving grand Turk) a very problematic man - he had several incidents on the 9 day cruise. Guard had to stay outside his room for more than 30 hours so he would stay in there. Pax locked in cabin
December 27 Swiss Crystal Presse Online reports the ship collided with a bridge pier on the Rhine near Duisburg. Nearly 30 people were injured. According to police, the accident was comparatively mild. The ship was damaged by the impact on the bow. A second passenger ship came to the aid of the damaged "Swiss Crystal" and took the 26 crew members and 103 passengers on board. Collision with bridge
December 27 Golden
Gisbourne Herald reports bad weather has forced the cancellation of the first cruise ship visit of the season. The Golden Princess was scheduled to make her first visit here this summer today but the visit was cancelled on Christmas Day. Skipped port call
December 22 Unknown New Zealand Herald reports a French tourist has been caught in Paihia with 24kg of cocaine - worth up to $10.8 million. Customs officers found the drug on the French national, 26, who was in the area as a passenger on a cruise ship. The cocaine seizure is one of the largest in this country's history and the drug had a street value of $6.8m and $10.8m. Customs investigations manager Bruce Berry said the seizure was the result of liasing with police and Australian authorities. Drup bust
December 19



Global News reports 12 tourists were killed Tuesday when a bus carrying dozens of sightseers crashed near Mayan ruins in Mexico. The bus was carrying 31 international passengers. Spanish-language news organization Quinta Fuerza reports that 11 people died in the bus crash, and 14 were injured. The bus company involved, Costa Maya Mahahual said a guide and driver were also on board. Costa Maya is located 160 kilometres south of Playa del Carmen. A video from the scene shows a bus on its side as a person on a stretcher is loaded into an ambulance. Pax die ashore in accident
December 18 Triumph
From a passenger: At least two people were taken off in handcuffs in New Orleans on 12-18-17.  
December 17 Elation
From a passenger: Two people were taken off in Jacksonville on 12-16-17. Customs/border partrol took a man and woman off in cuffs followed by a police dog going into thier cabin.  Arrest
December 16 Independence
Washington Post reports 332 passengers came down with a gastrointestinal illness during the cruise, which left Fort Lauderdale Monday for Labadee and Jamaica. The company said the illness affected only a small percentage (6.6%) of the more than 5,000 people aboard. However, some passengers disputed the company's count, saying many more people were sick. CDC reports  310 of 4,160 (7.45%) passengers and 23 of 1,398 crew (1.65%) Illness
December 16 Astor Australian Government reports Australian Border Force (ABF) drug detector dogs have sniffed out a stash of cocaine hidden aboard an international cruise ship that docked in Sydney in late November 2017, resulting in the arrest of four people and the seizure of about 30kgs of cocaine. The cruise ship departed the United Kingdom in mid-October before arriving in Sydney on Thursday, 30 November 2017. The four accused came to notice after they were selected for further scrutiny following joint activity between the ABF and United Kingdom Border Force (UKBF). On its arrival, the ABF boarded the cruise ship and searched a number of cabins as well as public areas. During the search, an ABF drug detector dog reacted to a bag located in a stairwell containing approximately 15kgs of cocaine hidden inside. A further search of the ship’s public areas resulted in approximately 15kgs of cocaine being detected in a box containing deck chair cushions. The ABF referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). AFP officers boarded the cruise ship, and subsequently arrested a 41-year-old Belgian woman and three French nationals, being a 61-year-old man, a 54-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman. The four accused were subsequently charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug; they appeared before Sydney Central Local Court on Friday, 1 December 2017, where bail was refused. They will reappear in early 2018. Drug bust
December 15 Infinity
Seattle Times reports a federal report blamed cruise ship’s navigators for the boat crashing into a Ketchikan dock last year, causing more than $1 million dollars in damage. The National Transportation Safety Board report was released after a U.S. Coast Guard report concluded that the crash resulted from a combination of factors. The day of the crash was windy with choppy waters. The Coast Guard report said that bad weather played a factor. It also said restricted vessel movements, fast speeds and a lack of knowledge that tug boats were available for assistance contributed. The federal report highlighted similar problems, but took it a step further in blaming the crash on navigators, specifically the ship’s master. A master is the highest responsible officer on the bridge. “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Celebrity Infinity striking the dock was the master’s failure to plan, monitor, and execute a safe docking evolution,” according to the report. Blame for alision with pier
December 14 Fantasy
Miami New Times reports a couple found acamera while inspecting their room the second day of an October cruise from Mobile, Alabama, to Mexico. The father, whom New Times is not naming to protect his family's privacy, says he was taking photos of dust around the cabin after having an allergy attack. When he moved the TV, he says, he found a wired-up camera with its lens pointed toward the bed. "It was a WTF moment, you know?" he says. "I asked my wife, 'What is this? Is that what I think it is?' We both just went white as ghosts." The couple called Carnival's security team, which sent an officer to their cabin to inspect the device. But much to the family's disappointment, they say, the officer contaminated the evidence by handling the camera without gloves. Despite the device being warm to the touch, the family says Carnival insisted the camera was nonfunctioning and seemed to downplay the discovery. Spy camera found in room

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